PDA

View Full Version : Mirror, mirror...



Articulate_Ape
07-27-2010, 07:40 PM
These are pretty damned cool.



http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Graduate-2.jpg


http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Teacher-42.jpg


http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Scientist-2.jpg


http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Korean-Teacher.jpg

Articulate_Ape
07-27-2010, 07:41 PM
http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Soldier.jpg


http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Fireman-Caregiver-2.jpg


http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Nurse.jpg


http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/N-46-Welder-4.jpg

Gingersnap
07-27-2010, 08:57 PM
They are cool but also kind of demeaning. It's the same old message: you're only relevant as long as you are "young". It's like your life is supposed to stop being meaningful and worthwhile as soon as you retire. You go from real person to "Gramps".

I think we've kind of lost the ability to integrate older people into our culture successfully. They're either one-dimensional baby-sitters or they're buffoons when they attempt to act like 30-somethings. There's another path of wisdom and insight that we seem to have forgotten.

Articulate_Ape
07-27-2010, 09:03 PM
They are cool but also kind of demeaning. It's the same old message: you're only relevant as long as you are "young". It's like your life is supposed to stop being meaningful and worthwhile as soon as you retire. You go from real person to "Gramps".

I think we've kind of lost the ability to integrate older people into our culture successfully. They're either one-dimensional baby-sitters or they're buffoons when they attempt to act like 30-somethings. There's another path of wisdom and insight that we seem to have forgotten.

I think you are reading way to much into these pictures, Giinpak Choprasnap. At face value, I see them as images capturing momentary memories of the elderly who do, in fact, reflect on their lives. I don't know how old you are, but at 50 I found these pictures quite moving.

Gingersnap
07-27-2010, 09:27 PM
I think you are reading way to much into these pictures, Giinpak Choprasnap. At face value, I see them as images capturing momentary memories of the elderly who do, in fact, reflect on their lives. I don't know how old you are, but at 50 I found these pictures quite moving.

I don't think I am reading too much into them. I've spent some serious time with elderly people and while they do reflect on the past, a lot of them will tell you that they are both smarter and wiser today than they were at their physical and career peaks.

It's like anything else. I have shallow and dumb peers who still see college and that first real job as the high point of their lives. Personally, I find that period of my life amusing and important in some ways but inferior to my current life even though I have more actual problems.

It may be that I dislike a sentimental treatment of the elderly. God willing, we'll all get there someday and the last thing I want is to be compared to my career peak (it would be worse to be considered "cute", I guess). Sentimental treatments of dogs and children are fine.

patriot45
07-27-2010, 09:31 PM
I think you are reading way to much into these pictures, Giinpak Choprasnap. At face value, I see them as images capturing momentary memories of the elderly who do, in fact, reflect on their lives. I don't know how old you are, but at 50 I found these pictures quite moving.

I gotta agree with you! They are very moving. I know when I look in the mirror now its not quite the way I think I look. I think I look like I used to look! :D

Kay
07-27-2010, 10:47 PM
Cool-er-est pictures. I can relate and my interpretation is that
regardless of what the outter shell looks like, you are what you
feel you are inside. I have to stop and tell myself I'm actually
50 now, because I really don't feel it. I'm at the peak of my life
right now. When I look in the mirror, I don't see an old woman,
I see a confident independent wench ready to take on the world
every morning. That's the way we should see ourselves.

http://rulingcatsanddogs.com/contents/funny-pics/original/funny-cat-picture-cute-kitty-pic-kitten-looking-in-mirror-seeing-a-lion.jpg

Articulate_Ape
07-28-2010, 12:22 AM
Cool-er-est pictures. I can relate and my interpretation is that
regardless of what the outter shell looks like, you are what you
feel you are inside. I have to stop and tell myself I'm actually
50 now, because I really don't feel it. I'm at the peak of my life
right now. When I look in the mirror, I don't see an old woman,
I see a confident independent wench ready to take on the world
every morning. That's the way we should see ourselves. [/IMG]

Precisely. You win this thread.

PoliCon
07-28-2010, 12:22 AM
old ladies are so sensative about their age . . . .

Articulate_Ape
07-28-2010, 12:25 AM
old ladies are so sensative about their age . . . .

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/68/203827165_d9381a2cc0_o.jpg

patriot45
07-28-2010, 12:28 AM
http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/patriot45270/Decorated%20images/633778791937086585-midgets.jpg

Gingersnap
07-28-2010, 12:30 AM
old ladies are so sensative about their age . . . .

Bait me all you want. I spent 3 years doing construction surveys on nursing homes and I talked with a lot of residents. The sentimental view those of us who are younger have toward the elderly is fashioned utterly by our relationships with relatives. Non-relatives have a decidedly different view of themselves and their lives.